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Blackboard Email and Course Messages

The Blackboard email tool allows you to send email messages to people in your course from within Blackboard without launching an external email program. Email can be sent to individual users or to groups of users and can be accessed by logging in to Blackboard. Blackboard email messages are sent to the student's KU email address. Select the Return Receipt option to receive a copy of the messages you send as there is no record of sent messages retained in Blackboard.

Course messages are another option for sending a text based message within the Blackboard course.

For more information about Email and Course Messages, select from the following:


Email

Send an Email

  1. To send an email, you can start by doing either of the following:
    1. On the left toolbar click the Send Email button.
    2. On the course menu, click the Tools link. On the Tools page, select Send Email. [View screenshot]
    3. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Send Email. [View screenshot]
  2. On the Send Email page, click one of the options listed to send the email. [View screenshot]
  3. For the Single/Select Users or Single/Select Groups, select the recipients in the Available to Select box and click the right-pointing arrow to move them into the Selected box. A back arrow is available to move a user out of the recipient list. Click Invert Selection and selected users are no longer highlighted. Tip: For Windows, to select multiple users in a list, press the SHIFT key and click the first and last users. To select users out of sequence, press the CTRL key and click each user needed. For Mac systems, press the COMMAND key instead of the CTRL key. You can also use the Select All function to send an email to all users.
  4. Type your Subject (required). [View screenshot]
  5. Type a Message. [View screenshot]
  6. Select the Return Receipt box to send a copy of the message to the sender (recommended). [View screenshot]
  7. Optionally, click Attach a file to browse for a file from your computer. You can attach multiple files. After you add one file, the option to attach another file appears. [View screenshot]
  8. Click Submit.

A confirmation appears after the email is sent listing all recipients.

Instructors can also send course emails from the MyBlackboard page using the Blackboard tool, Qwickly. To learn more, please visit Qwickly.

Sending Email From the Grade Center

You can send email to multiple users at one time or individually, directly from the Grade Center.

How to Send Email to Multiple Users

  1. In the Grade Center, select the check boxes of students you want to email. [View screenshot]
  2. On the action bar, point to Email and select the type of recipients: Email Selected Users, Email Selected Users and their Observers, or Email Observers for Selected Users. [View screenshot]
  3. Provide the Subject and Message. [View screenshot 1] [View screenshot 2]
  4. Select Include list of recipients to show the names of who will receive this email. [View screenshot]
  5. Click Attach a File to include an attachment with your message. [View screenshot]
  6. Click Submit.

Although an email is sent to the selected group, each individual recipient is not aware of the other recipients. Recipients only see that the email is from the instructor.

Additional Resources from Blackboard:

For more information about Email visit Blackboard's Email ».


Course Messages

Course Messages: Notifications

Course messages are private and secure text-based communication that occurs within a course and among course members. Although similar to email, you must be logged into a course to read and send course messages.

Course messages are part of the notifications framework. Anyone enrolled in a course can receive notification that they have new messages from the Updates area in My Blackboard, in the What's New module on both institutional and course module pages, and from email. Users can manage their notification settings to include course messages and set preferences.

Send a Message

  1. To send a message, you can start by doing either of the following:
    1. On the course menu, click the Tools link. On the Tools page, select Course Messages. [View screenshot]
    2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Course Messages. [View screenshot]
  2. On the Messages page, click Create Message on the action bar. [View screenshot]
  3. On the Compose Message page, select To and a list of course members will appear. [View screenshot]
  4. In the Select Recipients To box, select the recipients and click the right-pointing arrow to move them to the Recipients box.
    • You can use the Cc, and Bcc functions to send the message to those users that may be interested in the message, but are not the primary recipients. When using Bcc, other recipients do not know that the users listed in the Bcc field are receiving the message. [View screenshot]
  5. Type the Subject. [View screenshot]
  6. Type a message in the Body. You can use the text editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia and mashups. You may only upload files from Course Files or files from the Content Collection. [View screenshot]
  7. In the Attachment section, add an attachment from your computer (optional). [View screenshot]

Create a Message Folder

You can create personal folders to help organize your messages. Personal folders are only for storing messages. Messages received always appear in the inbox folder first and sent messages always appear in the sent folder. Once a message appears, you can move it into a personal folder.

  1. To organize your messages, you can start by doing either of the following:
    1. On the course menu, click the Tools link. On the Tools page, select Course Messages. [View screenshot]
    2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Course Messages. [View screenshot]
  2. On the Messages page, click Create Folder on the action bar. [View screenshot]
  3. On the Add Folder page, type the name of the new personal folder in the name box. [View screenshot]
  4. Click Submit.

Forward a Message

  1. To forward a message, you can start by doing either of the following:
    1. On the course menu, click the Tools link. On the Tools page, select Course Messages. [View screenshot]
    2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Course Messages. [View screenshot]
  2. On the Messages page, select the folder that contains the message. [View screenshot]
  3. On the Folder page, click the Subject of the message. [View screenshot]
  4. On the View Message page, click Forward to send a copy of the message to someone else. [View screenshot]
  5. On the Forward Message page, select the recipients in the Select Recipients: To box and click the right-pointing arrow to move them to the Recipients box. [View screenshot]
  6. Click Submit.

Additional Resources from Blackboard:

For more information about Course Messages visit Blackboard's Send Messages ».


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